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FMEA - An Underestimated Tool

Posted by Daniel Schmitt on Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is very often underutilized in many companies.  The key is to catch failures before they happen, thus reducing costs in the long run.  And in today’s world reducing costs while keeping quality up is an indicator for success in this global economy.  A lot of companies I visited recently have need for a tool that helps them manage their FMEA process.  But sometimes they just do it because they “have to” – their customer requires it, government regulations require it or it’s just to simply please someone else’s needs.  A more functional approach would be to use software solutions to help manage their overall process. Microsoft Excel is great and probably the most commonly used tool but it has its limitations.  Using a more sophisticated software solution gives you additional tools to grow the use of FMEA throughout your company. Leveraging parent-child relationships between FMEAs, the ability to report with a one click on Risk Priority Numbers (RPN), visualize defect nets and accessing libraries of data points gives you the edge in growing a foundation of thought leadership and lessons learned within your company.  Following an Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) approach utilizing both Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA) and Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA) referencing both is crucial for successful FMEA implementation.

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Topics: IBS America, Daniel Schmitt, APQP, FMEA, Risk Priority Numbers, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, DFMEA, PFMEA, Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis, Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis

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